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Lesley Robles/The Rider

Name: Jose Juan Wells

Classification: Senior

Major: Criminal justice

Sport: Cross-country

Hometown: Cottonwood, Ariz.

Who is your favorite athlete?

“My favorite athlete would be Floyd Mayweather Jr.” Mayweather is an American professional boxer, widely recognized as the best of his generation.

What is the best advice you’ve ever been given and by whom?

“The best advice I’ve been given is from my martial arts instructor. The advice that I was given is, ‘Even if you get hit, just get back up again.’”

What do you like to do for fun?

“I like to go practice martial arts or watch movies. I like tae kwon do and jiujitsu.”

When did you begin running for cross-country?

“I started running in my freshman year of high school, all the way up to now.”

Did you receive any running awards in high school?

“Yes, I got athlete of the month and I got a state title in the mile, 2-mile, 4×100.”

What are your goals for the season?

“My goals are to make the team stronger, communicationwise and spiritually wise, and unitywise, too. I believe all those practices are important so we can all do well.”

What is your favorite movie?

“Jet Lee’s ‘Fearless.’”

Is there a song that gets your head in the game?

“Yes, one of my favorite songs is by Nelly, and it’s called ‘The Champ.’”

What are your plans for the Fall 2015 semester?

“I would like to get a higher GPA … than I did last semester. Strive to make it a good semester.”

How do you feel about being part of the first UTRGV Men’s Cross- Country Team?

“It’s hard to describe, but it feels like it’s a new beginning, it’s a new title. It’s just a new mentality that we are no longer lingering to that UTPA name. It feels like the old reputation just

cleared out and we just come out new.”

–Compiled by Lesley Robles

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